The University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications
Investigative Journalism Lecturer

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, now approaching its 50th anniversary, is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. In our march to preeminence, we are adding 15 new lecturer and faculty positions across advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication disciplines. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the top 10 public universities in the United States.

The Department of Journalism is seeking an accomplished journalist with a national reputation in investigative journalism to join our faculty.

This candidate will have a portfolio of traditional and emerging techniques for in-depth reporting involving data, public records and FOIA queries. We are seeking someone who can help elevate our student work by building an immediate and long-term commitment to published investigative projects that attract state and national attention.

This faculty member will serve as instructor for intermediate- and advanced-level journalism courses each semester, depending on her or his expertise. The college strives to build a diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

This faculty member will work with colleagues in journalism and other departments to deliver and develop cross-disciplinary contemporary curriculum to prepare our students for the ever-shifting media and communication industries. We have a long history of our courses employing the “teaching hospital” model through our cross-platform newsroom and other areas of experiential learning. We’re equally adept at research and have centered much of our intellectual exploration at the intersection of science, storytelling and the social good.

We envision this position collaborating with the managers of our college’s Innovation News Center, home to NPR, PBS, ESPN affiliates providing hands-on learning opportunities for nearly 400 students each semester. This faculty member may also develop projects in collaboration with the director and staff of our Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.

This is a nine-month, non-tenure-accruing faculty appointment with an initial three-year term, renewable annually.

Advertised Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a portfolio of investigative journalism projects that have benefited the public interest.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of professional experience.
  • Experience reporting and presenting stories with a variety of media.
  • For faculty who wish to teach at the graduate level, a master’s degree.
  • Previous experience teaching is welcome, but not a limiting factor.

Please submit samples of, or links to, two to four projects and a memo to the search committee outlining how you would help us accomplish the goals for this position. Please include at least five references, with affiliation, title and contact information, in a separate document.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with review starting on Nov. 13. We would like this candidate to start as early as January 2018.

Please visit to submit an online application. The requisition number for this vacancy is 505133.

For more information, please contact the search committee chair, Matt Sheehan, or the department chair, Ted Spiker.

About the College of Journalism and Communications

The College of Journalism and Communications has 53 full-time faculty members, 80 full-time staff, approximately 2,360 undergraduate majors and 163 graduate students, including 63 doctoral students. The College offers master’s and doctoral degrees and ACEJMC-accredited bachelor’s degrees through four academic departments: advertising, journalism, public relations, and telecommunication. Additionally, the College offers interdisciplinary graduate programs. The College provides students hands-on learning immersion experiences through the Innovation News Center, The Agency, frank gatherings, the Division of Multimedia Properties, undergraduate research, and other extracurricular groups and activities.

About the University of Florida

The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is included in the Carnegie Commission’s list of leading research universities. UF’s students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of its commitment to serve a diverse global community, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The “Government in the Sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents related to the search process be available for public inspection.


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